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The Discovery Club

The Discovery Club is a special group of visionary supporters who help us to make the discoveries that defeat cancer.

Our high-value giving club provides its members with personal access to the science behind our discoveries. Through special events and updates, it is an opportunity to speak directly with the people who are working towards better outcomes for cancer patients and learn more about key areas of the ICR’s work.

Iona Black at The ICR Discovery Club with guest

Our cancer research priorities for 2021

Each year your support is directed to our designated priorities, linked to our research strategy.

We invite you to join us and help to make the discoveries that defeat cancer by contributing a minimum philanthropic gift of £10,000 a year. We would be delighted to welcome you to our community of donors making a real difference to cancer patients' lives.

To find out more, please contact Hannah Joyce, Deputy Director of Philanthropy.

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This year, our key priorities are:

  • Improving the outlook for people with cancers of unmet need
    Some cancer types, such as sarcoma, childhood and pancreatic cancer, are harder to treat and survive.  As a charity and university, we have a special responsibility to research cancers of unmet need.  Please help us to invest in the scientists and equipment they need to open fresh avenues for research and treatment.
  • Pursuing new lines of enquiry in tackling the DNA damage response
    By better understanding how our cells repair themselves after they are damaged, be it through the influence of daily life or through the effects of cancer treatment, we can pick out weaknesses that might be exploited by new cancer therapies.
  • Training the cancer research leaders of the future
    The ICR Studentships Awards enable us to develop the very best young scientists and clinicians through the various stages of their training, from doctoral studentships to their first team leader positions.

Listen to Sue Vincent, a guest speaker at one of our Discovery Club events, share a moving account of her personal experience with ovarian cancer and her olaparib treatment.


Meet our Chief Executive and President, Professor Paul Workman FRS

Professor Paul Workman hosts our Discovery Club event series with opportunities to get to know our leading scientists and clinicians.

Meet our researchers

Learn about the impact of our research and support their work as they make the discoveries to defeat cancer.